Acadia Senior College

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The Crowd in American Culture

Gregory Bush

Online via Zoom
This course will cross boundaries between politics, culture and business-labor relations by examining the changing images of mobs, riots, and notions of the public and crowd psychology. From the American Revolution through the Civil War Draft Riots and labor disorders in the late nineteenth century, mobs played an important role in establishing respectability and expressing political and economic frustrations. Crowds were also critical elements in the changing nature of entertainment and notions of acceptable or fun behavior. In contemporary times, with the rising impact of marketing and public relations, social media and Donald Trump, the uses of heroism and crowd psychology has had huge cultural implications about which we are still learning. Each class will require some reading while several will also involve viewing online films.
About the instructor

Gregory Bush received his PhD from Columbia University.  He was a History Professor and Director of the Institute for Public History at the University of Miami until 2018.  Greg now lives in Blue Hill and runs Nature Links for Lifelong Learning (  He founded the Florida Moving Image Archive, was President of the Urban Environment League, a member of the Florida Humanities Council, and author of several books on civil rights, the crowd in American culture and a documentary history of Miami.

Registration opens December 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM